Senate moves to remove age bracket, experience specification for recruitment

The Senate on Tuesday proposed the removal of employment conditions such as age limits and professional experience usually set by employers, as part of measures to tackle unemployment.

The Senate also urged the Buhari administration to declare a state of emergency on unemployment.

The lawmakers also summoned the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, to tell Nigerians what the current administration is doing to address the problem.

They made the move during plenary after two motions bordering on employment were moved by Senator Duro Faseyi (Ekiti-North) and Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo-South).

Fayesi’s motion was entitled, ‘Intolerable upswing of unemployment in Nigeria,’ while Urhoghide’s was entitled, ‘The need to unburden recruitment requirements and modes to remove undeserved hardship for job-seekers in Nigeria.’

“The Senate observes further that the government appears seemingly helpless in concretely grappling with this monumental socio-economic gridlock,” Faseyi said, while moving the motion.

The prayers of Faseyi’s motion, which were all granted by the Senate, include the need to “invite the Minister of Labour and Productivity to provide insight into government’s roadmap towards tackling the shocking unemployment rate and consequently reviewing and reinforcing the blueprint.

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